White water rafting (almost)
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 21, 2011
. Lunch was on the river banks. The afternoon was all about clocking up the miles on the flat. We passed a great sight of an artificial ski jump. We watched a couple of dots speed down the slope and launch themselves off the run, gliding elegantly through the air to meet the landing pad with such smoothness. The evening campsite did not quite come at the 50 miles we hoped for so we ploughed on, alongside the train track, one driver excited enough when I signalled, to reciprocate with a blast of his hooter. After 60 miles we hit Vols and the campsite was great. I cooked pesto chicken with a tomato and mozzarella salad and hit the sack. Innsbruck is just 2 miles away so we will wake early and update the blog.
Mikey forgot to say that we saw so many farm animals all the way. My favourite were the goats with floppy ears. I took loads of photos of their funny faces and even a video when we saw a pen of baby ones scampering around.
Yesterday was an absolute stonker. The climb to 1800m had really taken it out of us so we were very pleased that the first 15 miles was downhill. There is something amazing about freewheeling for so far, you can really sit back and enjoy the views around. Either side of us were huge mountains, snow starting half way up. We went down and down, I felt like we were going to the centre of the earth but the freezing wind chill was a sharp reminder that we were not. We stopped in Landeck for hot drinks and found a great bike shop which directed us to a bike track which would see us the remaining 45 miles to Innsbruck. The best news was that it followed a river, this is always a winner on a bike as it means generally flat riding. It was and we enjoyed a day of traffic free, helmets off, flat riding. The Austrian landscape continued to amaze. Mountain after mountain but we managed to snake our way between them all, enjoying the sound of a rushing river along side. We passed some white water rafters having a blast, it must have been freezing water